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* ‘An Immense World’ Is a Thrilling Tour of Nonhuman Perception. Ed Yong’s book urges readers to break outside their “sensory bubble” to consider the unique ways that dogs, dolphins, mice and other animals experience their surroundings.<ref>Ed Yong, ''An Immense World - How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us'' (2022-06-22) ISBN‎ 978-0593133231</ref>
 
* ‘An Immense World’ Is a Thrilling Tour of Nonhuman Perception. Ed Yong’s book urges readers to break outside their “sensory bubble” to consider the unique ways that dogs, dolphins, mice and other animals experience their surroundings.<ref>Ed Yong, ''An Immense World - How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us'' (2022-06-22) ISBN‎ 978-0593133231</ref>
 
* All of this difference among animals, perhaps tells us there is no reason to expect that [[Artificial Consciousness]] would or should be anything like human [[Consciousness]].
 
* All of this difference among animals, perhaps tells us there is no reason to expect that [[Artificial Consciousness]] would or should be anything like human [[Consciousness]].
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==Problems==
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* All of the discussion about [[Artificial Consciousness]] has assumed that it should be compared to the human experience.
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* But we also realize now that using the human consciousness as a pattern has led to unacceptable results in most implementations of [[Artificial Intelligence]].
  
 
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[[Category: Philosophy]]

Revision as of 13:12, 2 July 2022

Subtitle

What is it like to be an Artificial Intelligence?

Context

  • In the 1960's there was a ferocious debate about whether any computer could think. The primary objection was that even if it was quite clever, no machine could understand what it did. In other works, no computer could have Consciousness even if we could not describe what it was. Click on the link (Consciousness) for more about the controversy.
  • Then in 1974 Thomas Nagel asked What Is It Like to Be a Bat?[1] This really changed the view point of the discussion since it became clear that perception and hence Consciousness might not be that same for every living organism.
  • In a review for the New Yorker Elizbeth Kolbert[2] extended the question to a wide variety of animals, like the Scallop which as a variable number of "eyes" and no single brain to process the inputs.
  • ‘An Immense World’ Is a Thrilling Tour of Nonhuman Perception. Ed Yong’s book urges readers to break outside their “sensory bubble” to consider the unique ways that dogs, dolphins, mice and other animals experience their surroundings.[3]
  • All of this difference among animals, perhaps tells us there is no reason to expect that Artificial Consciousness would or should be anything like human Consciousness.

Problems

  • All of the discussion about Artificial Consciousness has assumed that it should be compared to the human experience.
  • But we also realize now that using the human consciousness as a pattern has led to unacceptable results in most implementations of Artificial Intelligence.

References

  1. Thomas Nagel, What Is It Like to Be a Bat? The Philosophical Review, Vol. 83, No. 4 (1974-10), pp. 435-450 https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/study/ugmodules/humananimalstudies/lectures/32/nagel_bat.pdf
  2. Elizbeth Kolbert, Contact New Yorker (2022-06-13) p. 22ff https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/06/13/the-strange-and-secret-ways-that-animals-perceive-the-world-ed-yong-immense-world-tom-mustill-how-to-speak-whale?utm_campaign=cm&utm_source=crm&utm_brand=tny
  3. Ed Yong, An Immense World - How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us (2022-06-22) ISBN‎ 978-0593133231